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Thank Goodness I’m a Teacher

It is Day 1 of Lockdown and a Friday AND my school blog is due. We’re probably all a little nauseatedly sick and tired of Coronavirus posts, articles, memes, advice, and most are probably full of plenty of Acute and Chronic Cabin Fever already, schools and many companies having shifted online already.  But l can’t […]

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Simon Writes … Edition 1, 2020

As we embark upon a new chapter in our school’s life, we must be careful. In the move towards delivering an effective and rigorous online curriculum, the biggest danger will not be bandwidth or other tech issues, but rather personal ones. I spoke to a dear colleague, Hannah Uys, after school yesterday and we both […]

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Simon Says … Edition 5, Candlelight in a Dark Warehouse

The need for a soft heart in education is paramount. I cannot think of one single quality that is more important than a soft heart. We need to teach, mould, guide, shape with the softest of hearts. Sometimes we meet people with a hard heart. Perhaps they have gone through something that has hardened them. […]

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Simon Says … Edition 4, 2020 “Receiving the Ball”

Imagine playing a hockey fixture at the Olympic Park in London in 2012. You hear the crowd roaring around you. The sound is deafening and while you don’t notice the individual faces, you know they are there. They are willing you on. You glance down. The ball is on the blue astro below you. You […]

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Sibling Syndrome

HeronBridge, like all schools, has seen its share of families and siblings bounce through its classrooms and fields. It’s an amazing thing for a teacher to be just a part of a thread of a family’s years at school when you teach more than one of the precious offspring they entrust to you. This morning, […]

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Simon Says … Edition 3, 2020 “What am I doing?

As a teacher, what am I endeavouring to achieve? If, for example, a pupil completes an exercise in reading out loud in my class and battles with this task, what should I do? Should I award a suitably low mark that reflects my arbitrary impression of what they have achieved? For that young child who […]

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Simon Says … Edition 2, 2020 “Weak people treat others badly”

Good Day Readers A previous Headmaster that I worked for, Mr Jonathan Hughes-D’Aeth, used to say that weak people treat others badly, while strong people treat others well. He said it often, at Assemblies, at Parents’ Day addresses and in Staff Meetings and so over the years it became something that I too, took to […]

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Waiting for the Heat to Kick us in the Teeth

Faces reddening, eyes streaming, throat choking, pain and anger in every pixel on the screen, futile flailing, desperate air-gulping… That is the Spicy Noodle Challenge that was about two hours’ worth of guilty pleasure for me a few days ago. Yep, sometimes English teachers don’t just spend 24/7 with their red pens or curl up […]

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Simon Says … Edition 1, 2020 “Old Dog. New Tricks”

Good Day Parents and Friends 2020 has started and our new year at HeronBridge is up and running. For teachers, pupils and parents starting a new school year is like grabbing hold of a moving train. You either get left behind completely, or you find yourself hanging on for dear life as you are ripped […]

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Ziplining Through the Year

In my very first year at HeronBridge (young, wide-eyed, wrinkle-free), I went on the Grade 11 camp with Mrs Jelley and, if anyone remembers him, a very hyperactive and mischievous Mr Muddiman. I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to adventurous pursuits – I am a little claustrophobic, a bit afraid of […]

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Simon Says … “Against Hate”

Last Friday a convicted terrorist launched an assault at a prisoner rehabilitation event near London Bridge. There were three fatalities that day; two victims of the knife attack and one attacker shot dead by the police. The victims were working in legal fields linked to prisoner reform. Their names are Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones. […]

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